Warner Bros. has reportedly offered Joaquin Phoenix a ton of money to reprise his role as Arthur Fleck in two Joker sequels.
Directed by Todd Phillips, the 2019 film was originally intended to be a standalone story, but after critical and commercial success Phillips began hinting at follow-ups.
The movie, which followed the origin story of Batman’s most famous arch-villain, earned Joaquin Phoenix an Academy Award for his portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime. Overall, the film received 11 nominations at the 2020 Oscars and became the first R-rated movie to make more than $1 billion worldwide.
Warner Bros. is reportedly quite serious about getting Phoenix back and the actor seems more than happy to oblige.
A recent report by The Mirror quoted a source as saying…
“Joaquin initially felt Joker was a standalone movie. But he’s changed his tune now. He says he wants to play this character again, despite the controversies that came with the release last year.”
“It’s still being negotiated but the scripts are being written and Joaquin is very engaged with it. They plan to make two sequels in the next four years, with a long-term commitment to Joaquin and his Joker director Todd Phillips and producer Bradley Cooper. It’s all about getting Joaquin to accept the terms – and the biggest payday of his career by far.”
The report goes on to state that Phoenix is being offered $50 million to return for two Joker sequels, Joker 2 and Joker 3. And the studio is said to be hopeful that the films will be ready for release in 2022 and 2024, respectively.